Amid Rafale row, Rahul Gandhi to meet HAL employees in Bengaluru today

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Stepping up his assault towards the Narendra Modi authorities over the controversial Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday will meet Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) employees.

The interplay between Gandhi and HAL employees is scheduled to happen at 3:00 pm. During the interplay, the Gandhi scion will communicate on how the Modi authorities “favoured” Anil Ambani’s Reliance over skilled HAL in the Rafale deal.

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“HAL is India’s strategic asset. The future of India’s aerospace industry has been destroyed by snatching #Rafale from HAL & gifting it to Anil Ambani. Come, defend the dignity of India’s defenders. I am in Bengaluru to stand with HAL’s employees. Join me outside HAL HQ, at 3 PM,” Gandhi tweeted.

Although the HAL has reportedly suggested its employees to keep away from the occasion, a number of of them, together with some retired staff, are anticipated to meet the Congress president.

Gandhi has been alleging that the Modi authorities missed state-run aerospace main HAL and favoured Anil Ambani’s Reliance defence to change into the offshore associate of the Dassault Aviation, the corporate liable for making Rafale fighter plane for India.

Referring to a current expose by a senior government of Dassault Aviation that it was necessary to select the Reliance because the Indian associate for the deal, Gandhi mentioned that there was a clear-cut case of “corruption” towards Modi and demanded a probe towards him.

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The Congress chief has additionally been claiming grave irregularities in the deal, saying that the Modi authorities was paying Rs 1,670 crore for every plane towards Rs 526 crore finalised by the UPA authorities in 2012.

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